Today, students in Dr. Dennis Evangelista’s Drone Engineering class completed their first build of the second semester as they put together chuck gliders. Although the gliders seem simple, they are often hard to master, and the activity provided an important framework for a discussion on weight, strength, and aerodynamics. Throughout this semester, students will design, build, and test increasingly complex fixed-wing aircraft with frames that are made entirely at MBS.
After creating their initial designs, the students went out to the hallway or the Class of 2020 Quad to test their gliders. After a few throws, they discovered what modifications needed to be made and brought them back to the classroom to tweak their designs. This led to discussions about a number of topics including material weight, the center of gravity, and how to create lift with wing surface design. Students will be relying on this cycle of “design, test, build, learn” throughout the semester.
The wings and other glider parts for this project were made using the laser cutter in the School’s Center for Innovation & Design (CID).